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Rising Sun, Falling Skies


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Prologue /Chapter 1. On the Day Before /Chapter 2. Just a Little More Time /Chapter 3. Breakdown /Chapter 4. Finding Trouble /Chapter 5. Shooting at Venus /Chapter 6. Slapped Together /Chapter 7. Luck - The Battle of Balikpapan /Chapter 8. Bloody Shambles /Chapter 9. Can't Catch a Break - The Battle of the Flores Sea /Chapter 10. A Thousand Cuts /Chapter 11. Too Clever by Half - The Battle of Badoeng Strait /Chapter 12. No Breath to Catch - Preliminaries to the Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 13. Nerk Nerk Nerk - The Sinking of the Langley /Chapter 14. One Shell - Day Action of the Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 15. A Turn Too Far - The Second Part of the Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 16. A Hopeless Plan - The Escape from Java /Chapter 17. Dancing in the Dark - The Battle of Soenda Strait /Chapter 18. Nowhere to Run - The Second Battle of the Java Sea /Chapter 19. To the Winds - Escape Attempts from Java /Chapter 20. Aftermath - Not Quite Vanquished /Notes /Bibliography /Index

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Author Jeffrey Cox conducts a thorough and compelling investigation of the Java Sea Campaign, the first major sea battle of the Pacific War, which inflicted huge costs on the Allies and set the stage for Japan's rout across the Pacific and Indian oceans.

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Jeffrey R. Cox is a litigation attorney and an independent military historian specializing in World War II, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome, as well as a contributor to Military History Online ( He holds a bachelor's degree in National Security Policy Studies from The Ohio State University and has studied the Pacific War since 1981.


"In the Pacific War's first months, elements of four navies, Dutch, British, American, and Australian, fought a delaying action against superior Japanese forces as heroic as it was hopeless. Cox brings an attorney's incisiveness, a historian's comprehension, and a storyteller's passion to this compelling account of the Java Sea campaign. Rising Sun, Falling Skies commemorates not a defense but a defiance: a forgotten epic of character and honor." --Dennis Showalter "As Japanese forces were hitting Pearl Harbor, countrymen undertook to maul the Allies in the Java Sea. That 1941-1942 onslaught, which cost the Royal Navy the dreadnoughts Repulse and Prince of Wales, inflicted a string of defeats unjustifiably accorded short shrift in many histories. Here they receive an informed airing." --World War II Magazine "A seminal work about a long neglected part of World War II in the Pacific... richly detailed with accounts from the men on both sides of the conflict who fought desperate struggles in 1942 either as conquerors or defenders." --Mike Walling, author of Forgotten Sacrifice and Bloodstained Sea . . . an excellent read on a topic too often glossed over in general histories and too rarely covered in specific ones. --Strategy & Tactics

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